Category Archives: design

How To Get A Great House

One of our “typical” client concerns (we don’t really have typical clients, they’re all better than that, but work with me here) is what they need to do to get a great house. “Great” in their minds is a completely … Continue reading

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Building A Compact Home Or Directions To Develop A Diminutive Dwelling

“Our last house was too large.” “I really want to build a house that’s just what I need and nothing more.” “I’m tired of cleaning all of these rooms that I never need, I want a cozy little cottage.” If … Continue reading

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Who Should Interpret The Architect’s Drawings, The Builder Or The Owner?

For those of you who’ve ever assembled a grill, a bicycle or similar item from the instructions, you know that there is nothing like clear drawings that show each step in order. For me, anything less is generally cause for … Continue reading

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Old Age And Remodeling Are Not For Sissies

                        It may appear that I’m going to try to talk you out of that remodel you’re thinking of, I’m not. I’m just trying to help you enter the … Continue reading

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Beauty vs. “Wow Factor”

In the past, civic buildings (court houses, libraries, schools) were beautiful. Now, museums look like a piece of crumpled aluminum foil cast aside on an untidy street. Courthouses are, except for the concrete bomb barriers, indistinguishable from office buildings. Schools are … Continue reading

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HGTV… really?

There’s a new show on HGTV, “Million Dollar Rooms”. I watched for the first and (probably) last time a few days ago. Frankly, I don’t think how much you spent on a room is an acceptable subject for conversation in … Continue reading

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A Third World Solution To A Third World Problem

A simple solution to something we never think about here. This is the kind of “Green” I like because it makes someone’s life better. That’s “saving the planet”.

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